Brackin Set to Shine
Article published in the North Shore Times on the 15th July
SWITCH your television to FOX8 tonight, or demand your pub puts it on, to watch Pymble’s James Brackin on The Recruit.
The new reality program starts with 50 undiscovered AFL players hoping to become the 12 “recruits”, who will compete for a guaranteed contract with an AFL club.
Brackin, 23, said a friend from his footy club at Macquarie University messaged him last year and said he should apply.
He said following an online questionnaire and trials, he ended up visiting his girlfriend in Scotland in February while waiting to see if he got in.
“I checked my email (on the last day) and got the email saying I’d made it on the show,” he said.
“We were both crying because it meant we’d be saying goodbye for a long period of time.
“It was a big deal, because for us going long distance would be harder if I couldn’t contact her.”
Brackin said shooting ran from April to June, with the finale yet to be filmed.
“From the TV perspective it was a lot more natural than I expected it to be,” he said. “They asked you questions and led you in terms of what you were talking about generally. But what you felt, they let you do what you do.
“It was also a bit more intensive version of football.
“Obviously with Michael Voss and Ben Dixon, it’s an intense experience and demanded a lot more of us.”
Brackin said he learnt a lot from the superstars.
“It was the little things they taught us that makes such a big difference in the way you play,” he said.
“A lot of the stuff was more like a feeling or little things you can’t teach, it’s just from the experience of being coached by them.”
Brackin said he thought that people would be surprised by him on the show.
“As a footy guy, I’m not a (typical) footy guy and it becomes apparent very quickly,” he said.
Catch The Recruit on FOX8 Wednesday, July 16, at 7.30pm.